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Silicon Valley Leaders to Speak at Santa Clara University's Commencement Ceremonies

Thursday, May. 21, 2009

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – May 21, 2009 – Two Silicon Valley leaders known for their success in the business arena and with their philanthropic work will speak at Santa Clara University’s undergraduate and graduate ceremonies.

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

John Chambers, Cisco System’s Chairman and CEO, will deliver the commencement speech for Santa Clara University’s undergraduate class of 2009 on Saturday, June 13 at 8:30 a.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Chambers joined Cisco in January 1991 as senior vice president of Worldwide Sales and Operations. He became president and CEO in 1995 and then chairman in 2006. Chambers has helped turn Cisco from a $70 million company in 1991 to its current $40 billion in revenue. He’s also received top awards for his executive leadership, commitment to corporate social responsibility, and active role in public service. Read more.

Graduate Commencement Ceremony

Founder and Chairman of the Skoll Foundation and Founding ebay President Jeffrey Skoll will address SCU’s graduate students on Friday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Leavey Event Center.

From his start at eBay, Skoll has had a track record of launching businesses that result in positive social change. At eBay, he developed the business plan that the company still follows today, creating entrepreneurial opportunities for individuals around the world. In 1998, he inspired the company to take an active role in philanthropy, pioneering creation of the eBay Foundation through the allocation of pre-IPO shares. This innovation sparked similar initiatives by other young companies in high-technology hubs across the United States. Skoll is also founder and chairman of Participant Media and the Skoll Urgent Threats Fund. Read more.

For more information, contact: Commencement Office | | 408-554-2326

Members of the media can contact: Connie Kim Coutain | | 408-554-5126 (office) | 408-829-4836 (cell)

About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its 8,758 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see


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